Author: bgreen

Lovely Organic Lemonades

What’s better on a hot summer day than a cold, refreshing glass of lemonade? An organic glass of homemade flavored lemonade without all the added ingredients of the packaged or mixed kind! Strawberry Lemonade (Makes 8 cups) Ingredients: 5 cups water 1 pound strawberries cleaned and stems removed 3/4 cup honey 1 cup lemon juice Juice of 2 limes Directions: Warm 2 1/2 cups of water in a pot with the honey until well combined. In a large pitcher, combine the remainder of the water, the honey water, lemon juice and lime juice. Put your strawberries in a blender...

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Organic Classic Summer Favorites

It’s summer time and the livin’ is easy, or it should be, right? With these simple and delicious recipes, it will be easy. Just gather together your favorite fresh, organic ingredients and enjoy all the tastes of summer without any fuss. Just kick back and relax…you deserve it! Skewered Grilled Organic Veggies Written by Laura Klein, Serves 8-10 Ingredients: 15 Bamboo Skewers 2 medium organic summer squash, halved and cut into 1/2″ slices 2 medium organic zucchinis, halved and cut into 1/2″ slices 1 red organic bell pepper, cut into quarters lengthwise and cut into 1″ pieces 1 yellow...

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Organic Summer Smoothies (and One Frozen Coffee Drink) You’ll Love

Organic Blueberry Smoothie Ingredients 6 ounces organic blueberries 1 cup vanilla soy milk 1 cup plain yogurt 4ice cubes 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Combine all ingredients in blender. Process on pulse for 20 to 25 seconds. Change setting to mix or smoothie for about 10 more seconds, or until smooth. Serves 3 Recipe from: http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/photos/5-summer-smoothie-recipes/blueberry-smoothie   Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe: 1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water 6 cups spinach, chopped 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped 2 stalks of organic celery 1 organic apple, cored and chopped 1 organic pear, cored and chopped 1 organic banana 1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice Optional Ingredients: Ice cubes 1/2 cup of organic cilantro 1/2 cup of organic parsley Directions: Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth. Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana and lemon juice last. Recipe from: Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Diet, from version posted at http://www.coldeeze.com/blog/cold-eeze-news/5-delicious-healthy-smoothies-to-try-this-summer   …and here’s one for those that love frozen coffee drinks, but would like to save money and calories! Frozen Coffee Drink Recipe (makes 2 medium-sized frozen drinks) 4 shots of espresso – or 4 oz. of double-strength brewed organic coffee 1/4 cup of organic sugar – or sugar substitute 2.5 cups of either whole or 2%...

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Cool as a Cucumber

Nothing says summer like a crisp, cool cucumber. Use one in this healthy and organic summer salad, and you have the perfect accompaniment for any backyard gathering. here to get you going is a simple recipe, followed by a few variations. Cucumber Tomato Salad 1 large organic beefsteak tomato, or several smaller tomatoes) 1 large organic cucumber about 1 tablespoon of good quality organic extra virgin olive oil one handful of crumbled organic feta cheese freshly ground organic black pepper, to taste 4-6 fresh organic basil leaves, shredded (optional) Peel the cucumbers if you wish. Cube the tomato and the cucumber and put them in a pretty glass bowl. Add the olive oil, and toss in the cheese and basil. Stir, and let sit for 10-15 minutes, so that the juices blend to become the dressing. Serve the salad with good quality organic crusty bread to sop up the juice. 2-4 servings. http://www.examiner.com/article/simple-cucumber-tomato-salad-recipe Thai Cucumber Salad Ingredients: 1 medium English cucumber, unpeeled (halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced) 1 small jalapeño or Serrano chile (very finely diced, or to taste) 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint or Thai basil 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon Sugar (preferably superfine) 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped roasted salted peanuts Directions: Place the cucumbers in a medium-size bowl and add the chile and mint. Toss to combine. Mix the lime...

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Sweet Organic Strawberry Recipe

‘Tis the season for red, ripe strawberries. These sweet and delicious berries are not only tasty, but healthy, too. Eating them right out of the carton is good, but baking them into this delicious dessert is a great way to enjoy a sweet strawberry treat, plus get some of your recommended whole grains. Strawberry Whole Grain Crumble Bars Prep Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 12 Ingredients: Crust 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/3 cups brown sugar 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cups (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Strawberry Filling 1 package (16 ounces or 3 cups) Strawberries 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons lemon juice Pinch salt Crumble Topping 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 cups whole wheat flour 1/4 cups brown sugar 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Directions: Crust Butter or grease a 9-inch square pan. Stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl using a fork to combine and remove any lumps. Add melted butter and vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined. Press dough evenly into prepared pan and freeze 30 minutes. Filling Combine strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and salt in a 2-quart non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Stir...

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